Vaccination Rate Of US Adults Are Not Sufficient – Part 2 of 3
A case in point for getting vaccinated is the ongoing pertussis outbreak in California. There is a children’s vaccine for pertussis that also includes a booster for tetanus and diphtheria called Dtap. The mature version is called TDap.
Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is not that serious in adults, but adults who sell the disease are highly contagious and can easily spread the disease to infants and children. In California, several infants have died from the disease and thousands have been sickened by it. Although infants are vaccinated for pertussis, they do not arise full immunity until the third shot is given at 6 months of age.
The vaccine given in childhood does wear off, so a booster is needed. Children in the California outbreak are most indubitably being infected by adults who carry the disease, according to Dr Patrick Joseph, from the University of California, San Francisco, and vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, who also spoke at the news conference.
Rehm respected this year the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases conducted two surveys, one of doctors and the other of patients. “There seems to be a significant communication breakdown between providers and consumers”.